Xiaomiâ€™s sub-brand Redmi has launched a pair of super cheap true wireless earbuds in India.
Called the Redmi Earbuds S, the cord-free earphones are essentially the Redmi AirDots S that launched in China back in April. They come in a familiar pill-shaped charging case and are more compact in size compared to other cheap TWS earphones like the recently launched Realme Buds Air Neo.
In terms of features, the Redmi Earbuds S come with IPX4 splash resistance, 12 hours of playback time with the charging case, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. Thankfully, Redmi didnâ€™t blatantly copy Appleâ€™s AirPods and instead opted for a more Galaxy Buds-like design approach.
For controls, the Redmi Earbuds S feature a single multi-function button instead of touch gestures. It can be used to take or reject incoming calls, play/pause music, and launch a gaming mode.
The dedicated gaming mode comes on with a double tap of the button and reduces audio lag while playing games. the company claims the latency in this mode is set at 122ms, which means itâ€™ll take 122 milliseconds for the audio from your phone to reach your earholes.
Another function of the button on the Redmi Earbuds S is to control voice assistants. According to Xiaomi, you can summon any voice assistant of your choice by pressing the button.
Redmi Earbuds S: Price and availability
The new TWS Redmi buds are shockingly cheap at just Rs 1,799 (~$23). However, they are a tad more expensive than the Redmi AirDots S in China which cost 100 Chinese yuan (~$14). Still, they come in cheaper than the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 that go for Rs 4,499 (~$59) in India.
At that price point, we donâ€™t expect wonders from Redmiâ€™s wireless earbuds. We canâ€™t really comment on their performance before using them, but donâ€™t expect premium quality like the AirPods or the Galaxy Buds Plus. Itâ€™ll be great if they can even match the sound quality of cheap TWS buds like the Edifier TWS 1.
The Redmi Earbuds S will be made available in India through Mi Stores and Amazon starting May 27 at 12PM IST with three different sized silicone tips.